Ian’s Newsround – 18/02/05

Unsurprisingly, the big news over at TOS is that Series VI is out on Monday. RDSUK came up trumps again – customers recieved theirs today! Thank God I ordered from them. Unfortunately, I ordered it to my home address, and I can’t get up there this weekend. ARSE. Enjoy your DVDs, those who have them, you set of bastards. Steve Wickham seems a jolly chap, doesn’t he?

Also out this Monday, Brittas Series Six! I’d completely forgotten about this! How pleasant. I imagine that’ll arrive in Birmingham this weekend as well. The “stepped-up” menus look like complete shite. Just… urgh. The out-takes should be great, though. Chris Barrie’s face! Hidden away at the end of the article – Chris will be on Today With Des and Mel on Wednesday. Which is not today. Unless you are reading this on Wednesday. In which case, Happy Wednesday!

Good news for moose-fuckers! Hattie is appearing at a British comedy festival in Toronto in March. Also, it would appear that TOS’s move to the new server has eradicated that nasty bug whereby it gave passwords out to all and sundry, which is good news for all of us.

And that’s all the news on this, a sad day for the world – the day in which Smarties tubes were discontinued.

46 Responses to Ian’s Newsround – 18/02/05

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  1. “But no, you just sit there in front of your browser typing random swearwords into Google, erasing the spam from your inbox and trying to find free ‘grownup’ footage that lasts more than twenty seconds.”

    This is very amusing.

  2. I only ordered my VI DVD yesterday. YES YES I KNOW SHUT UP.

    RDSUK have said it’s shipped, so hopefully it’ll arrive tomorrrow. Hooray! Very good service indeed.

  3. I’m going to pre-order mine later today. Yay me!

  4. IT IS HERE. John will report sometime tomorrow morning, I expect.

  5. (Hmmm. Actually, I might be missing one on the midsection scanner table. I’ve got the three obvious ones there, but there’s some other stuff floating around that I’m sure must do *something*…)

  6. (And actually, I think I’m missing another as well. Premature gloating, there.)

  7. I have found two on Disc 1, someone please tell me how to find all of them? :(

  8. oh and now I found some on the scanner table but I’m sure that that bloody flying paper/emohawk has an egg in it!!

  9. Right. SPOILERS ahead, everyone.

    The ones I’ve found so far:

    Disc 1 – As you get to the door leading to the midsection on the disc intro menu, click on the Red button by the door. This will lead you to the scanner table, where you can select Starbug, planet SVC01, and SCV02, to get three eggs.

    There are quite a few other planets flying round though that appear not to do anything (AJR01, AJR02, LV246, and RD128) – they’re selectable, but don’t appear to do anything. There’s also a moon orbiting a bit planet in the corner that you can’t select, which I’m sure must to *something*…

    The other two on Disc 1 are easy – select the Airlock on the main menu and use the keypad, and select the Sheriff badge on the first Gunmen menu.

    So, I *think* I’m missing two others. I’ve found none on Disc 2, and I’m sure there must be *something* there – unless they’re trying to trick us. And I’m sure there is *something* on the scanner table I’m missing – unless they’re just deliberately trying to confuse things.

    The BBFC give the following in various classifications, BTW:

    00:01:05:12 | COCKPIT FOOTAGE (mute)
    00:01:25:04 | THE MEMORY MAN
    00:02:00:06 | EASTER EGG SVC FOOTAGE
    00:05:58:04 | GUNMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE

    00:00:43:12 | EFFECTS SHOTS
    00:01:06:16 | HONKEY TONK MUSIC CUE
    00:00:42:07 | BBC 2

    The first four are definite eggs that I’ve found. The other three are *possible* eggs that we might be trying to find – I don’t recognise them anywhere else on the disc, but I could be wrong.

    (I’m deliberately not cheating trying to find them, incidentally. Although I’ll cheat by reading if anyone has found any more. Hmmmm.)

    The mute cockpit footage is *fabulous*, BTW.

  10. It is! I loved the memory man, and have you seen the GOTA Egg?? Ed Bye’s never looked so fetching!! ;P lol

  11. and there HAS to be something on Disc 2, there usually is, it would seem a tad weird (for some reason) to just to cram them all on 1 disc.

  12. As did I But looking at the Deleted Scenes from “Rimmerworld” I fancy Liz Hickling now! ;P

  13. This has got to be the best DVD of anything, ever. Loads of lovely unseen bits and bobs all over the place. I LOVED all the rushes in The Starbuggers and I did wet myself when I saw the cockpit film insert!

  14. ** possible DVD spoilery things ahead **

    I watched the DVD today (well, technically yesterday) and, for want of a better phrase, it kicked arse.

    “One minute I’m kissing a beautiful blonde, and the next minute it’s a spermicidal fluid-dripping dung beetle.”

    Excellent. And Craig’s further “no fear” explanation had be belly laughing.

    If anyone’s interested, I’ve not long finished a review for FilmFocus.co.uk, but the editor has yet to publish it. (Hopefully be up soon.)

  15. I CAN’T AFFORD IT, YOU BASTARDS

  16. Just listened to Psirens with the commentary. The whole cast are convinced the model shots are actually CGI!

  17. Actually, listening on, I think they’re taking the piss. They *must* be.

  18. Ignore me. TEH ELLARD has just put them right.

  19. I love reading these feature-by-feature reviews. It really keeps the excitement going for the Region 1 release.

  20. I’d forgotten how much good stuff there is on the VI DVD.

  21. I’m looking forward to Settling the Score particularly, seeing as Goodall was absolutely brilliant in his “20th Century Greats” program.

  22. Rimmerworld was originally a direct sequel to Gunmen? Interesting! I wonder how much was changed.

  23. “Rimmerworld was originally a direct sequel to Gunmen? Interesting! I wonder how much was changed.”

    Nothing was – it was just moved from being directly after Gunmen to being after Emhoawk. The simulant ship is the only link; not so much a sequel as a follow-up.

  24. “The simulant ship is the only link; not so much a sequel as a follow-up.”

    It says on the Time Hole section of the official site: “Budgetary constraints meant that Rimmerworld was simplified. The episode was a direct sequel to Gunmen – although it was recorded before it.”

  25. ‘It says on the Time Hole section of the official site: “Budgetary constraints meant that Rimmerworld was simplified. The episode was a direct sequel to Gunmen – although it was recorded before it.”‘

    I know – I wrote it. But if you read it back, the two statements are separated by a full stop.

    Point 1 – Rimemr worls was simplied due to budget. (Otherwise they’d have included much more on the evolved planet itself).

    Point 2 – the ep was (not “was intended to be”, but was) a direct sequel to Gunmen, in that it followed on.

    Okay, bad writing on my part, but changes didn’t force it to be ‘less of a sequel’; It was just meant to be the next story in the run, joined by a few elements.

  26. Jeez, look at the typing on that! Ugh! try again:

    Point 1 – Rimmerworld was simplied due to budget. (Otherwise they’d have included much more on the evolved planet itself).

  27. Ah. Okay, that does make it more clear. Still interesting, though. And it makes me even hungrier for these DVDs.

    You know, by the time we here in America get series V you will all be wetting yourselves about the bonus features piling up for series VII.

    This makes me cry.

  28. Good shot, Mister Ellard – give yourself a goldfish!

    I.e. I get what you mean now.

  29. I want the full version of Howard Goodall’s “Tongue Tied” demo. NOW.

  30. “you will all be wetting yourselves about the bonus features piling up for series VII.”

    I wonder if they’ll sell a version of the VII and VIII DVDs without the episodes?

  31. Actually Ptil (sic), why don’t you just import the region 2 versions it’s not hard.

  32. Also, while said demo is playing, is that model shot one that’s shown up on an earlier disc? Because it’s fantastic, but I’ve never seen it before. Am I missing out on stuff like that by not watching the raw model shots and FX footage?

  33. > import the region 2 versions

    Ah, if only. But I started my Red Dwarf DVD collection before I had a region-free player, and the packaging is very different between regions. So I need to wait for region 1 so they all match up.

    Sound a bit obsessive compulsive? Yes.

    Yes.

  34. Could I just say that Robert Llewellyn’s comedy South African accent made me cry with laughter for several minutes. But I was in a funny mood at the time.

    (Also, his history is a bit off: de Klerk abandoned apartheid in 1990, so it wasn’t still in place when they were recording Series VI)

  35. I feel as though I’ve never seen that smeg up of Robert fluffing one of his lines and then going ‘lair-lar-lair-lar… ching! ching!’ or whatever, before. It’s a while since I watched either of the smeg ups videos. Is it on either of them?

  36. All of the out-takes on the DVDs have previously been released on either the Smeg Up or Smeg Out video.

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